Why were Thaksin and Pojaman allowed to leave?


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I'm thinking about consistency here. On July 3, Thaksin had his request to travel to the UK and China denied. He was out on bail and had not been charged. Pojaman, on the other hand, has been sentenced to three years in jail for tax evasion.

Thaksin and Pojaman are due in court on September 16 to give evidence in the Ratchadaphisek case. I was under the impression that Thaksin was still barred from leaving Thailand (what has changed?), but The Nation reoprts that "there is renewed interest over whether the pair, particularly Pojaman, will return for the case". Thaksin, of course, left Thailand last Thursday to head to Japan.

One month after he was denied permission to leave the country, Thaksin has been allowed to fly out of Bangkok at a time when rumors of political asylum were spreading like wildfire.

Have they let him out because they know he isn't coming back?

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4 thoughts on “Why were Thaksin and Pojaman allowed to leave?

  1. From the second they authorized them to travel I was scratching my head. No country in the world would ever let someone who has been convicted and is awaiting appeal to travel outside the country.

    I'll be suprised if they actually do come back.

    But that may be exactly what people are hoping for. With Thaksin and his wife in exile a lot of their power base will lose power.

  2. Only in Thailand does something like this happen (Malaysia is not that much better). After 3 years over there I still can't get over the glaring political and legal inconsistencies that the Thai public now take for granted…

    I can't wait to see what will happen. This is more interesting than watching lakorn…

  3. I think they want him go and maybe even hoping he does not come back.

    might be good for the country overall – the stock market moved on this theory and some think it would mean we could all wash our hands of him. he made his money, made his mark and all he is doing now is keeping the country from moving forward since his proxy government spends more time defending their crooked way than they doing being a government.

    interesting times.

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